The Breakfast Club

In film, sound is very essential to the effect of mood, and interpretation to the viewing audience. The 1985 epic film “The Breakfast Club” shows how influential sound can be to any movie. Without any prior knowledge of the film, one would think a movie about five students sitting in a desolate school on a Saturday would be boring, but the film has become a milestone in film history. Some of the most important aspects of the movie all relates to sound. Things such as dialogue, sound effects, and music are used in every movie to help impact the experience. Dialogue, “characters talking to one another” (Goodyknootz, 2014), are the words spoken between characters to tell the story. Sound effects are used to help establish the environment. Music, such as instrumentals and soundtracks, can sometimes help convey the message, or inspire mood.

The dialogue makes up most of the story, as the students fight, taunt, and get to know each other. The movie both opens and closes with voice overs (narratives) of each student reading a letter to the vice principle, better emitting the overall message of the film. In The Breakfast Club the sound of John Bender’s heavy boots on the wood floor, the jingle of the chain hanging from his pocket, the slapping of Brian’s hand, and simplest noises like the rustling of clothes when a character moves give the effect of actually being there rather than in a theater, or watching from home. The primary soundtrack, and one of the most famous made by the movie, is Don’t You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds. The movie opens and closes with this song, inspiring a nostalgic mood.

The sounds heard throughout the film are realistic, and without them the movie would be missing that certain element that makes it so relatable.

Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2014). Film: From watching to seeing (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc


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